Radar: Remembering Taylor Mitchell, Matisyahu at the Phoenix, Ross Rebagliati Book Signing, The One of a Kind Show, Bebel Gilberto at the Sound Academy
MEMORIAL CONCERT | Celebrating the Life of Taylor Mitchell
The Canadian music community was stunned by the sudden tragic death of Taylor Mitchell this October. Tonight many of the people the talented young singer-songwriter touched in her short but bright career come together to celebrate her life with an evening of music. Stars from Toronto's roots community will perform, including Michael Johnston, Lynn Miles, Justin Rutledge, and Chris Stringer. Like most young musicians, Mitchell went into debt to finance her first album, and proceeds from the evening will go towards paying off those costs. The show is expected to sell out, so organizers urge those who wish to attend to contact Hugh's Room and reserve a spot. Should you not be able to get a seat, donations can be made to the Taylor Mitchell Memorial Fund.
Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., $25 advance, $30 at the door, 8:30 pm
BOOKS AND LIT | Ross Rebagliati Book Signing
Olympic snowboarder (and proof that stoners can achieve at the highest level) Ross Rebagliati has written a book. Off the Chain tells the story of the rise of snowboarding from a hippie fringe sport to its current status as an Olympic event, and recounts the controversy surrounding his 1998 marijuana-fueled gold medal run. If the Whistler native is still smoking the BC buddha, it certainly isn't slowing him down. Not only is he on a book tour, he also recently announced he's running for parliament.
ROOTS, 100 Bloor St. W., Free, 4 pm
MUSIC | Matisyahu at the Phoenix
The world's only Hasidic Jewish rapper is back with his third album Light, which sees him charting new territory thanks to production by former Strokes nob-twiddler David Kahne. While most other musicians spend time between records writing songs and touring, Matisyahu has been continuing his religious studies, an education that he says has only improved his music. By this point, the Grammy-nominated artist's novelty has worn off so he should be trying extra hard when he hits the Phoenix tonight. Soja opens.
Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St., $29.50, 7 pm
ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR | One of a Kind Show and Sale
The One of a Kind Show kicked off this weekend, extending its run as one of Toronto's favourite holiday shopping destinations, and with good reason. It's Christmas shopping without the gaudy atmosphere of the shopping mall, and nowhere else in the city can you find such unique handcrafted gifts. This year's show features art classes for children and piazza at the fair's centre where you can relax with a coffee, or if you're feeling festive, a cup of cocoa. If you want to avoid the crowds of the show's closing weekend, it's best to get down there this week.
Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes' Blvd., $6.50-$12, Weekdays 11am-10pm, Saturdays 10am-9pm, Sundays 10am-6pm
MUSIC | Bebel Gilberto at the Sound Academy
Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto has music in her blood. Her father Joao practically invented the style known as bossa nova, and her mother was a prominent singer. Bebel performed at Carnegie Hall at the tender age of 9 years old, and has been making music in America and Brazil ever since. A master of bossa nova, Bebel's singing will have you longing for summer nights on beaches of Rio. Sensual Cuban-born British Columbian Alex Cuba opens.
The Sound Academy, 11 Polson St., $31, 8 pm
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